HORSES OF GOD/Les Chevaux des Dieu + Q&A with author Mahi Binebine and curator Joseph Fahim
Nabil Ayouch | Morocco | 2012 | 115 min
Nabil Ayouch is widely considered Morocco’s most popular director; a filmmaker with a gift for tackling some of the most pressing issues of the day in an irresistibly watchable form. A gripping chronicle of the transformation of two carefree young Casablancan hustlers into terrorists, the “Ali Zoua” director’s detailed production has a sweep and grandeur seldom seen in Arab pictures. Inspired by the 2003 Casablanca suicide bombings – the deadliest terrorist attacks in Morocco’s history – Ayouch aptly translates Mahi Binebine’s searing text into an intimate epic of debilitating poverty, violence and lost innocence without losing empathy for the broken central characters.